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Date: 30 November 2005

Passenger Traffic Growth Slows, Freight Remains Flat

October 2005 over October 2004 RPK Growth ASK Growth PLF FTK Growth ATK Growth
Africa 6.7% 7.9% 70.4 8.5% 8.5%
Asia/Pacific 4.1% 4.0% 72.5 0.2% 3.8%
Europe 5.9% 4.6% 77.1 -0.1% 4.2%
Latin America 8.7% 5.2% 73.4 2.1% 3.9%
Middle East 15.1% 12.0% 72.5 16.8% 8.2%
North America 5.5% 6.5% 76.9 -0.5% 4.3%
Industry 6.0% 5.4% 74.8 1.1% 4.4%

Year to Date - 2005 over 2004 RPK Growth ASK Growth PLF FTK Growth ATK Growth
Africa 10.6% 8.7% 69.1 7.8% 10.9%
Asia/Pacific 7.0% 6.2% 72.9 3.5% 6.9%
Europe 6.3% 4.6% 76.9 1.1% 4.6%
Latin America 13.1% 10.8% 72.7 -2.3% 7.1%
Middle East 12.6% 11.1% 73.6 14.1% 11.6%
North America 9.5% 8.7% 79.9 -0.4% 6.3%
Industry 7.9% 6.7% 75.4 2.6% 6.5%

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents 265 airlines comprising 94% of international scheduled air traffic.
  • The IATA Billing and Settlement Plan operates in 71 countries for 390 airline and non-airline participants covering 150 countries and territories.
  • Explanation of measurements:
    • RPK: Revenue Passenger Kilometres measures actual passenger traffic
    • ASK: Available Seat Kilometres measures available passenger capacity
    • PLF: Passenger Load Factor is % of ASKs used. In comparison of 2004 to 2003, PLF indicates point differential between the periods compared.
    • FTK: Freight Tonne Kilometres measures actual freight traffic
    • ATK: Available Tonne Kilometres measures available total capacity (combined passenger and cargo)
  • IATA statistics cover international scheduled air traffic; domestic traffic is not included.
  • All figures are provisional and represent total reporting at time of publication plus estimates for missing data.
  • Due to uncertainties in the adoption of the new ICAO statistical definitions by reporting carriers, care should be taken when making year comparisons.
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